Marike graduated with a B.Soc.Sci degree in Psychology and Social Anthropology and a B.Soc.Sci (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Cape Town in 2010 and 2011 respectively. She went on to complete her Masters in International Humanitarian Action from the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany in 2013, focussing on the conceptualisation and integration of gender within humanitarian organisations in South Africa.
As a humanitarian and social researcher, she has a strong background in the social construction and understanding of gender within South African society. Her experience includes a collaborative research project on the challenges in exiting sex work in Cape Town townships with UCT and Embrace Dignity. Furthermore, she has most recently completed a research report for Tourism Transparency on sex tourism in Myanmar (Burma).
With both national and international exposure, her passion is to address and expand the knowledge and understanding of gendered issues within communities both on a local and global level, with the hope of reducing gender-based violence and promoting gender equality.